The Rundown for Jan. 1, 2019

HOUSE DEMS OFFER PLAN TO END SHUTDOWN… House Democrats have prepared legislation that would end the partial government shutdown. They’ve announced that they will use their new majority on Thursday to vote on six bills that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 and the remaining affected government agencies through September. It’s unlikely that Senate Republicans or President Trump would approve the legislation, however. Democrats are offering the Department of Homeland Security only $1.3 billion for border security, which falls well short of the $5 billion Trump has demanded.

PENTAGON SPOKESMAN STEPS DOWN… Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White announced yesterday that she is leaving the Department of Defense. Her departure follows the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and while White is being investigated by the Department of Defense inspector general for allegedly forcing her subordinates to run personal errands and removing staffers who complained about her. The Pentagon announced that Charles E. Summers, Jr., who served as chief deputy assistant to the secretary of defense in White’s office, will step in as acting assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs effective today.

INVESTIGATORS SHARE MIGRANT KIDS-ABUSE FINDINGS… Authorities in Arizona have provided prosecutors with the results of their investigation into the abuse of kids at a closed-down immigrant children’s shelter. Leaked videos obtained by the Arizona Republic showed staffers dragging and shoving kids at the Maricopa County facility over three days in September. Prosecutors will refer to investigators’ findings in determining whether or not to file charges.

ELIZABETH WARREN CONSIDERS PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren announced yesterday that she is considering a 2020 presidential run. She has filed Federal Elections Commission paperwork that allows her to raise funds for her campaign. In making her announcement, Warren vowed she wants to create opportunities for all Americans.

AMERICAN ‘SPY’ ARRESTED IN RUSSIA… Russian officials have announced the arrest an American citizen for allegedly spying in Moscow. Russia’s Federal Security Service of Russia said Paul Whelan was arrested Friday “while carrying out an act of espionage.” Whelan faces 10 to 20 years imprisonment if found guilty, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

ENTERTAINMENT
KEVIN SPACEY MUST APPEAR AT ARRAIGNMENT… Kevin Spacey has been denied in his request to skip his arraignment on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket, Massachusetts, bar in 2016. According to court documents, Spacey asked to avoid the January 7 arraignment because he lives out of state and didn’t want his appearance to generate negative publicity. Spacey has said that he’ll plead not guilty to the felony sex assault charge.

PENNY MARSHALL DIED OF HEART FAILURE… A death certificate released yesterday reveals that actress and filmmaker Penny Marshall died of heart failure resulting from cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Marshall, who rose to fame as a star of the 1970s sitcom “Laverne and Shirley,” died at age 75 on December 17. Her directing credits included “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Big” and “A League of Their Own.”

SPORTS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORES
Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31 in the Military Bowl…
Stanford 14, Pittsburgh 13 in the Sun Bowl…
Oregon 7, Michigan State 6 in the Redbox Bowl…
Oklahoma State 38, #23 Missouri 33 in the Liberty Bowl…
#22 Northwestern 31, #17 Utah 20 in the Holiday Bowl
#19 Texas A&M 52, North Carolina State 13 in the Taxslayer Bowl

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE (times Eastern)…
#18 Mississippi State plays Iowa in the Outback Bowl, noon…
#12 Penn State plays #14 Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl, 1 p.m…
#8 Central Florida plays #11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl, 1 p.m…
#6 Ohio State plays #9 Washington in the Rose Bowl 5 p.m…
#5 Georgia plays #15 Texas in the Sugar Bowl, 8:45 p.m.

NBA SCORES
INDIANA 116 – Atlanta 108… The Pacers built a double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter and held on to down the Hawks. Victor Oladipo scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis added 20 points apiece.

CHARLOTTE 125 – Orlando 100… The Hornets jumped out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Magic. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 24 points despite playing only 27 minutes. Malik Monk tossed in 21 points off the bench.

SAN ANTONIO 120 – Boston 111… The Spurs took control with a 46-point third quarter and held off the Celtics. LaMarcus Aldridge pumped in a game-high 32 points. Derrick White added 22 points.

HOUSTON 113 – Memphis 101… James Harden racked up 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in leading the Rockets past the Grizzlies. led by 23 points at the half and coasted past the Grizzlies. Clint Capela added 19 points and 13 boards for Houston, which led by 23 points at the half.

OKLAHOMA CITY 122 – Dallas 102… Russell Westbrook pumped in 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished off as many assists to lead the Thunder in their throttling of the Mavericks. Paul George lit it up for 22 points. Steven Adams had 13 boards to go with his 12 points.

NEW ORLEANS 123 – Minnesota 114… The Pelicans came up big in the fourth quarter to spurt past the Timberwolves. Kari-Anthony Towns powered his way to 28 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins added 20 points.

Golden State 132 – PHOENIX 109… Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Kevin Durant tossed in 25 points and the Warriors breezed past the Suns. Curry made five of nine 3-point attempts.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Toronto…
Milwaukee hosts Detroit…
Denver hosts New York…
Portland is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Clippers host Philadelphia

NHL SCORES
Nashville 6 – WASHINGTON 3… The Predators closed with five unanswered goals to double up on the Capitals and snap their six-game skid. Ryan Johansen scored a goal and had two assists.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Vancouver 0… Rookie goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots in recording his second straight shutout and the Devils cruised past the Canucks. Sami Vatanen and Miles Wood each had a goal and an assist.

Pittsburgh 3 – MINNESOTA 2… The Penguins edged the Wild to win their fourth straight on the road. Phil Kessel scored a goal and had two assists. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist. Goalie Casey DeSmith made 31 saves.

CAROLINA 3 – Philadelphia 1… The Hurricanes got goals from Lucas Wallmark, Jordan Martinook and Andrei Svechnikov in downing the Flyers. Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots at goal.

N.Y. Islanders 3 – BUFFALO 1… Nick Leddy broke a scoreless tie with a second-period goal and Brock Nelson scored in the third to push the Islanders past the Sabres. Ryan Pulock capped the scoring with an empty-netter.

COLUMBUS 6 – Ottawa 3… The Blue Jackets scored three straight goals in the final 2:01 to put away the Senators. Zach Werenski gave Columbus the lead for good with his second goal of the game. Pierre-Luc Dubois finished with two goals and two assists.

N.Y. Rangers 2 – ST. LOUIS 1… Boo Nieves scored a tie-breaking goal early in the second period and the Rangers made it stand in beating the Blues. Mats Zuccarello netted a tying goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first period.

Florida 4 – DETROIT 3 (SO)… The Panthers outlasted the Red Wings after spotting them three first-period goals. Jared McCann sparked the comeback with a short-handed goal. Jonathan Huberdeau netted the winning goal in the shootout.

Los Angeles 3 – COLORADO 2 (OT)… The Kings recovered to down the Avalanche after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Dustin Brown ripped through the game-winner at 54 seconds of overtime. Brown also assisted on Sean Walker’s second-period goal.

Tampa Bay 2 – ANAHEIM 1 (OT)… Brayden Point’s goal 35 seconds into overtime sent the Lightning past the Ducks. Point and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 3 – DALLAS 2 (OT)… Jeff Petry’s goal 14 seconds into overtime gave the Canadiens a come-from-behind win over the Stars. Philip Danault scored a tying goal midway through the third period. Goalie Antti Niemi stopped 45 shots.

Winnipeg 4 – EDMONTON 3… Brendan Lemieux’s second goal of the game came with 5:58 remaining and proved to be the difference in the Jets’ win over the Oilers. Andrew Copp assisted on two goals.

CALGARY 8 – San Jose 5… Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals apiece as the Flames shot their way past the Sharks. Gaudreau also assisted on three goals. Michael Frolic had two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston plays Chicago in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium…
Nashville hosts Philadelphia…
Los Angeles is at Vegas

NCAA MEN’S HOOPS TOP 25 SCORES
#4 VIRGINIA 100, Marshall 64…
#7 GONZAGA 89, Cal State Bakersfield 54

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS… UCLA fired head men’s basketball coach Steve Alford yesterday following the team’s disappointing 7-6 start. Alford’s teams went 124-63 over his five-plus seasons. Alford took teams to the Sweet 16 three times (2014, 2015 and 2017).

NFL NEWS… Two more NFL head-coaching jobs became available yesterday following a pair of firings. The Cincinnati Bengals dismissed Marvin Lewis, who compiled a 131-122-3 record in his 16 seasons. The Denver Broncos parted ways with Vance Joseph, whose teams went 11-21 during his two seasons at the helm.

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